Whisky Review: Glenfarclas The Family Casks 1989 #13004 Winter 2015

Style: Sherry and Spicy


Begins with a good dose of Glenfarclas Sherry goodness – Black currants, Christmas cake, figs, meat loaf supplemented by peppermint and a pinch of dry, black pepper, all sweet and spicy. Digging deeper we have tiny stone fruit chunks embedded in a hefty malt cake, followed by some dark fruits, prunes, plums, ruby grapes and black liquorice at the tail. Powerful, but very nice.


Waves of dedemara sugar splashing in and carry ample red fruits onto the palate. Malt combines with the sherry to maximum effect, jammy toast, dark cherries, a little glass of Cosmo, dried strawberries, almond croissants, pleasantly sweet and dimensional. An understratum of cinnamon, vanilla sugar and black pepper, while a firm peppermint spine running through the expression. Wood shavings, stone fruits quietly slipping under, cherry tart, fragrant malt cake, a handful of dry barley gradually showing at the end.


Roasting marshmallows next to a coal fire, vanilla cream leading to a satisfying sherry finish.


A very classic, solid and plucky Glenfarclas we have here. Multiple layers of malt are forged to sustain and link up with the robust sherry in a beautiful manner. Energetic and very self-assured. Probably a tad too straightforward for some but honestly, a textbook sherry Glenfarclas will do you no wrong for a nightcap.

☆ [Recommended]

[52.4% | 1989 Distilled | 2015 Bottled | Aged 25-26 Years | Single Cask | Cask Strength | 625 Bottles | Cask Number: 13004 | Matured in a Sherry Butt | *+]


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